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Oct 01
2010

Is Google living on borrowed time?

Posted by The Organ Harvester in Twitter , online , Google , Facebook , Digital advertising

The Organ Harvester

According to some reports, Google has $30 Billion on its balance sheet in cash that they're not doing anything with. Some have suggested that Google make Twitter an offer they can't refuse and buy the micro-blogging web platform before Twitter becomes too big.

Sep 29
2010

Death of Diaspora

Posted by Jas in technology , software , Social Networking , programming , Facebook , diaspora

Jas

The social network could run into user issues before it's even begun.

Sep 22
2010

Google, and censorship

Posted by sgb in Transparency report , internet , Information bill , Google , Facebook , Censorship

sgb

Is Censorship possible in the cyber age?

Sep 15
2010

Suits and Social Media

Posted by The Organ Harvester in Twitter , top tv , social media , RBJacobs , Native , good social media campaigns , FNB , Facebook , Bad social media campaigns

The Organ Harvester

There is nothing social going on with the social media accounts of corporate brands. Its all one way traffic from their end and it would seem they view social media as just cheap marketing. @TopTV Twitter profile was last updated 28 days ago. For a brand that was launched very recently you would have expected there be more interaction than an update every 28 days. I didn't bother checking to see if there was a Facebook fanpage.

Sep 14
2010

Internet statistics and Facebook

Posted by sgb in internet , Facebook , Education

sgb

It may be reviled, it may be blasted for lack of security, lack of privacy, but someone out there loves Facebook.

You know you are a success when an Index has been created to show the use of your application worldwide, in comparison to the internet. And so, the latest issue of Internet World Statistics has brought out their 'Facebook Indicator' in their global statistics of Internet use, to show the percentage of internet users who are Facebook users. It is 26 by the way: 26% of all internet users worldwide use Facebook. This equates to 7% of the world's population.

Jul 21
2010

Doing the digital detox?

Posted by Jas in Twitter , Social Networking , Facebook , digital detox , Buzz

Jas

As I've written before, quite a while ago, I have often gone through the process of what I call a "digital detox" - deleting accounts and lowering my online footprint significantly. It's been a while since I've felt the need to perform a digital detox though...

Jul 07
2010

Why Some Are Driven To Commit Social Media Suicide

Posted by redsaid in Web 2.0 Suicide Machine , Web 2.0 , Twitter , teenage angst , photos , Paris Hilton , Myspace , myDL blogs , high school , Facebook , Dr. Kevorkian , Deleting Web 2.0 accounts , Cheekbones , bikini

redsaid

Sometimes social media Web sites can make you relive high school all over again. And I don’t just mean it in the way that it allows you to reconnect with some of those long-lost friends and acquaintances from back then.

Jul 07
2010

Virtual Suicide what is the best virtual way?

Posted by DBS in Virtual Suicide , Myspace , Facebook

DBS

Is Virtual Suicide the right term to use? I pondered reading last week’s newsletter.

Jun 18
2010

Five things you hate about FaceBook

Posted by ShackledMuse in zynga , spam , settings , privacy control , phising , mafia wars , farmville , Facebook , ads

ShackledMuse

I've said it before and I'll say it again. People love to hate facebook. Some hate facebook so much that they'll log onto facebook and update their status to how much they hate facebook. A few reasons include boyfriends/girlfriends flirting with other online users, slow connections, cyber bullying (none for which FaceBook can actually be blamed for.)

Others have valid reasons. They complain because some aspect of Facebook annoys them. Here as some reason:

-  Privacy Control -  Way too many email notifications -  Strangers sending them stuff -  Too many ads -  Too many requests from applications (like FarmVille)


Luckily all of these can be fixed.

 

Jun 15
2010

Facebook costs, virtual and real

Posted by AbortRetryFail in virtual money , social media , online , Facebook , cost , charge

AbortRetryFail

Anyone else notice the new Facebook feature: Credits?

Company Overview:
    Facebook Credits is a virtual currency you can use to buy gifts and virtual goods in your favorite games and applications on Facebook.

    Visit the Games dashboard for the hottest games your friends are playing:
    http://www.facebook.com/?sk=games

    Check out all the games that use Credits:
    http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=17265

    And don't forget to send your friends virtual gifts:
    http://www.facebook.com/giftshop
Mission:
    To provide the fastest and easiest way to pay for digital goods and services.
Facebook Page:
    http://www.facebook.com/credits

So Facebook's starting to charge for "stuff" and is no longer totally free? OK, that's a bit inaccurate as there are already things that require payment, such as the various Zynga and other games, other apps that allows you to spend real money for virtual things etc

What's got me thinking is that not only are they starting to charge but are also actively trawling contact lists for new addicts/victims to suck into the social media arena. Nothing new again, they have always had the option to "scan your email contacts to add friends" but it is usually noninvasive. Lately I've been browsing around my usual online haunts like Farmville etc and did the usual stuff only to suddenly get blocked by Facebook itself, not the application, that wants me to surrender my Skype and Googletalk contact list for assimilation before being able to view an application's information, a user's profile or finish sending a gift etc. Usually the applications themselves wanted the information to add to the players etc but this time it's the Big One who is asking. Do I dare ignore it?

Step one of world domination, seduce or coerce everyone to join the "it's free and fun" Facebook. Step two, once you have them hooked and they're lost without you, start introducing "charges for extras, optional and not required)
Step three, increase till everything's pay-or-else then cut off their contact and extort vast sums of money or souls or brain cells from them.
Step four, repeat to infinity

The parable or whatever it's called about a frog in boiling water: dump it in boiling water and it jumps, screams and freaks out...put it in normal water and bring to a boil over a few hours, one happy but eventually boiled frog with no fuss (excpet for the SPCA maybe)

Facebook itself keeps promising not to charge anyone for using the service but the pages and petitions to "join now and stop Facebook from charging" keep popping up. Of course, they don't mean anything as the people joining have no power over the Facebook phenomenon.So, start saving, you may not be able to poke anyone for free for much longer.

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